Lecturer in Physics, previously worked:

1992 High school diploma at TG Backnang
1992-1993 Compulsory Military Service
1993-2000 Studies: Physics Diploma at Stuttgart University
2000-2005 PhD Studies, Institut fuer Strahlenphysik, Stuttgart University
2005 Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) ‘Magna Cum Laude’
2005-2007 Post Doc, University of Kentucky, group of Prof.Dr. Steven W. Yates
2007-2010 Post Doc, Liverpool University, Group of Prof. Dr. Peter A. Butler
2010-2013 Post Doc, TU Darmstadt, Group of Prof. Dr. T. Kroell, 
Group Leader Project A1 of CRC-634 (SFB-634)
2013 Lecturer in Physics, University of the West of Scotland

Area of research expertise - Outline

Experimental low-energy nuclear structure physics:

I am one of the few nuclear spectroscopists who work on stable as well as on radioactive nuclei

Experimental techniques:

World-class expertise in nuclear resoance fluorescence (g,g'), neutron induced reactions (thermal as well as fast), profound knowledge of fusion evaporation reactions, decay studies, Coulomb excitation, particle scattering experiments [(a,a'g), (e,e')], and several other reactions.

Spectroscopy of:

gamma-rays, conversion electrons, heavy charged particles

Nuclear structure expertise:


  1. Nuclear electric dipole response (Quadrupole-octupole coupled, Pygmy Dipole Response, Giant Dipole Response)
  2. Nuclear magnetic dipole reponse (Scissors Mode, Spin-Flip, GT Resonances)
  3. Strong octupole correlations

Outstanding expertise:

  1. Low-lying isocalar and isovector (mixed-symmetry) excitations (quadrupole as well as octupole)
  2. Multi-phonon excitations (what was classically known as) in near-spherical nuclei
  3. Shape coexistence in the Zr/Mo (A~96 mass region) and A~180 Pb region.


Others: Basically, all features of the nuclear many-body quantum system and developments in physics. Besides I am interested in all aspects of science but in particular in history.


Other areas of Expertise available for knowledge exchange.

Additionally, I am interested in other aspects of the nuclear many-body quantum system such as shape coexistence, giant resonances, single-particle dominated structures, etc.). 

Current research activities.

Research: Low-energy nuclearstructure physics


  1. Public Lecture: Microwaves in the Cosmos - How old is our Universe?

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. Zakopane Conference on Nuclear Physics

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  3. beta decay as a new probe for low-lying E1 strength

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

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